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Updated December 31st, 2023 at 19:04 IST

India Map shows how frigid cold wave is impacting Indo-Gangetic plain

The IMD has predicted that the Indo-Gangetic belt is likely to experience very dense fog conditions, leading to a very low visibility in the region.

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IMD predicts frigid cold wave conditions in the Indo-Gangetic plain. | Image:Unsplash/ X/ IMD
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New Delhi: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that the Indo-Gangetic belt in North India is likely to experience very dense fog conditions, leading to a very low visibility in the region. The North India region will be widely impacted by the Western disturbance, which may lead to low clouds over Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, South Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, North Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, North Jharkhand and West Bengal.

Apart from dense fog conditions in the Indo-Gangetic belt, the Western disturbance is likely to cause snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir and nearby areas.

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With temperature dipping below the freezing point, Kashmir on Sunday remained grappled with frigid cold wave conditions throughout the Valley. The capital city, Srinagar recorded the minimum temperature at -3.4 degrees Celsius. As per the IMD, Kashmir is likely to witness light to moderate snowfall in the next few days.

Dense fog in North India is likely to bring down visibility

Not only J&K, several parts of the Indo-Gangetic region of India are expected to witness a drop in maximum temperatures by 2 to 3 degree Celsius over the next 2 days, which will lead to a chilling weather condition.

While, a fresh easterly wave is likely to impact the weather condition in the Southern states and a light to moderate rainfall is likely to soak wet, parts of South Tamil Nadu, South Kerala, Lakshadweep and the Coastal region of South India until January 3.

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According to the IMD, cold day conditions are very likely in isolated pockets over Punjab during January 2nd to 4th. Additionally, dense fog conditions have also been predicted over Punjab, in the next two days. Other than Punjab, Haryana is likely to feel the chill, during January 1st to 4th, while cold weather is likely to shiver Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, during December 31st to January 1st.

The IMD forecasted very dense fog over Uttar Pradesh during mid-night and morning hours until January 4. These very dense fog conditions will reduce visibility below 50 mt, making it difficult for commuters to drive on roads.

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Delhi-NCR region, including Haryana and East Uttar Pradesh are predicted to see very dense fog conditions during mid-night and morning hours until January 1. Uttarakhand and nearby areas are also likely to remain affected by the Western Disturbance, resulting in dense fog conditions. This may bring visibility between 50m to 200 m, during the early morning until January 4.

The regions spanning North Madhya Pradesh, North Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Gangetic West Bengal are also expected to witness dense fog until January 1, predicts the IMD. Not only this, the disturbance is also likely to cause dense fog in North-eastern states including Odisha, Bihar, Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, and Tripura until January 2.

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The mountain regions, including Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are likely to experience snowfall, while Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh are likely to receive light showers at a few isolated areas between January 1 to 3.
 

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Published December 31st, 2023 at 19:04 IST

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